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Earlier, by Steve Sailer: The Coalition of the Fringes Holds a Muslim-Jewish Encounter Session. It Doesn’t Go Well.

[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

My June Diary included the following observation:

Our courts are choc-full—I think that’s the right expression—of black judges, black DAs, and black prosecutors pushing for anti-white outcomes.

That was inspired by reading, in my June 27th New York Post, about a nasty little spat between the New York City Police Department’s detectives union and 56 Bronx prosecutors—assistant district attorneys, to be precise. [ NYPD detectives’ union outraged over Bronx ADAs’ letter over protest conduct, by Rebecca Rosenberg, June 26, 2020]

These 56 prosecutors—35 named and 21 anonymous—sent a joint letter to their boss, Bronx DA Darcel Clark [Tweet her](a black lady, right) urging the DA to make “an unequivocal condemnation of the [police department’s] unwarranted use of violence.”

One other prosecutor, name of Paul Rosenfeld, published a dissenting letter describing the police officers he’s worked with across 39 years as, quote, “decent, hard-working, and committed.” [JPG]

A couple of things about all that:

  • First, to complain about the police using violence is absurd. Policing necessarily entails violence.

It’s a violent profession. How is a police officer supposed to arrest a refractory suspect, other than by applying violence?

The police need to conduct themselves in a professional and disciplined way, of course, and almost always do. The occasional exceptions get punished, often more than the offense justifies [Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold, Is Fired, by Ashley Southall, NYT, August 19, 2019 ] To pretend that police work can be done without violence, though, is absurd.

When there is a fatal outcome for the refractory perp, you always hear someone say or tweet: “It’s not a capital crime to sell cigarettes without a license,” or “… pass a counterfeit bill,” or whatever it was the perp was getting arrested for.

This one was a response to the St. Louis couple who came out on their porch with guns after a BLM mob broke down their gates.

The obvious answer to that is: “No. It’s also not a capital crime in any jurisdiction to fall asleep on the railroad tracks. If you do so, though, and the outcome is fatal, no-one’s at fault but yourself.”

  • One more thing to be said: That dissenting prosecutor in New York, name of Paul Rosenfeld, 39 years on the job.

There’s an age gap there. The 56 prosecutors complaining to the Bronx DA about police violence all have way less time on the job than that. Says Paul DiGiacomo, right, the president of the detectives union in an angry rebuttal letter to that same DA, quote:

Most of the signatures on that letter [the letter, that is, from the 56 prosecutors complaining about police violence] are from the class of 2019, which had a mere matter of months in your office before being quarantined. [PDF]

There may be another gap in play here, too. The dissenting prosecutor, Paul Rosenfeld, is plainly Jewish. Steve Sailer has noted that:

Two previous eras of black supremacist ideology—the late 1960s and the early 1990s—both came a cropper when they got too many Jews peeved at black anti-Semitism.

That’s a good point. Black Lives Matter, and the Antifa likewise, can’t resist throwing anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian rhetoric in with their calls to end white supremacy and defund the police. [WATCH: Black Lives Matter Protesters Shout ‘Israel, We Know You, You Murder Children, Too’, by Hank Berrien , Daily Wire, July 2nd, 2020]

For keeping the media on your side, guys, this is not good strategy.

 
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Hell of a month

Good grief! They looted Macy’s!

Yes, the riots, assaults, lootings, and statue-destruction of the past month have been something to watch, and of course the topic of endless comment and speculation.

I’ve been contributing my own comments at Radio Derb. Speculation-wise, there are two areas concerning which I’d be very interested to see what future historians, with full documentation available to them, have to say:

  • How much of what’s been happening is random trouble-making by young people with not much prospect of well-paid employment and way too much time on their hands? As opposed to deliberately staged, managed, or encouraged by organizations trying to influence the November election?
  • Of the deliberately staged/managed/encouraged portion, what sub-portion is being run from abroad?

To the second point there, I aired my suspicions here at VDARE.com, June 7th:

I have this image in mind of the [ChiCom] Politburo gathering of an evening to binge-watch the latest riot coverage, chuckling and passing around the after-dinner mints and maotai … If the CCP doesn’t have people in place here helping the rioters, whoever’s in charge of ChiCom undercover special ops in North America isn’t doing his job.

We shall find out the truth of the matter when the ChiComs lose power and the records are opened up to historians.

To the first point, Old Scratch makes work for idle hands, and we have a lot of idle hands right now. That may be all there is to it.

Or, both the Trump administration and its enemies may be cynically calculating that the riots are to their advantage. Trumpists: This will make plain to patriotic voters how much the Left hates our country, and what happens when Democrats control a city or a state. Anti-Trumpists: If the Feds react with force there’ll be widespread outrage; if not, and the riots continue, voters will be disgusted by the Feds’ inability to control the situation. Win-win for us.

Certainly, given the prodigious sums we spend on law enforcement, the military, and the National Guard, our city, state, and federal authorities could crush the rioters if they chose to. In my last podcast of the month I quoted a passage from Christopher Caldwell’s new book, The Age of Entitlement. The topic here is the forced de-segregation of schools in Boston during the mid-1970s.

When the whites of South Boston and Charlestown protested, their neighborhoods were put under military occupation. “Southie” had a curfew and laws against public assembly, enforced by 1,600 police officers, 100 federal marshals, 50 FBI agents, and 600 National Guard troops.

So, yes, the authorities could restore order if they chose to. They choose not to, and that calls for some explanation.

It’s anti-white all the way down

But wait: Isn’t it all to do with blacks, with their mistreatment at the hands of police? Black Lives Matter!

Uh-huh. So far I haven’t seen anything to disturb my basic template of a Cold Civil War: two big groups of whites at angry loggerheads with each other, blacks recruited in as auxiliaries, allowed on to the battlefield when convenient for some opportunistic looting and white-beating, none of the whites on either side much caring what blacks think or say.

Surveys of this month’s protestors back me up. Pew Research has come up with some numbers.

Though recent protests and riots have been centered around racial tensions with law enforcement, only 17 percent of protesters have been black, while 46 percent are white, 22 percent are Hispanic, and eight percent are Asian.

Recent protest attendees are more racially and ethnically diverse, younger than Americans overall, by Amanda Barroso and Rachel Minkin, Pew Research, June 24, 2020

I’ll admit I suffer from a mental block here, though. I simply can’t connect with the narrative about blacks being oppressed by White Privilege. Black Americans seem to me to be the spoiled, pampered pets of our nation. For decades they’ve been accumulating favoritism, preferences, and privileges.

Black nonentities are wafted up effortlessly into positions of authority on thermals of white guilt. We just recently had a two-term black President with blacks well-represented in his cabinet: Attorneys General, DHS, Education, & Transportation Secretaries, U.N. Ambassador, …

Law enforcement? An actual majority of police chiefs who show up on TV news segments are black. Black perps are given endless breaks by the criminal-justice system—103, in one recent case locally.

Our courts are choc-full—I think that’s the right expression—of black judges, black DAs, and black prosecutors pushing for anti-white outcomes.

Some of the worst rioting this month was in Minnesota. The Attorney General of that state is a black Muslim Social Justice Warrior.

Oppression? Excuse me?

And as much as black lives may matter to white protestors, they don’t seem to matter much to actual blacks, judging by the stupendous black homicide rate — at least eight times the white rate, and most of the victims themselves being black. In the last week of June, six children were killed by gunshot in Chicago. Of the three identified in news stories, two—ages three and one—were black, the third, ten years old, was Hispanic.

Nobody, black or white, seems to care much. The mob only comes out screeching “Black Lives Matter!” when a white person can be blamed. The sentiment here is not pro-black; it’s anti-white—anti-those other whites—all the way down.

Elite overproduction?

 
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It’s very handy to have well-known phrases for social phenomena. A well-crafted phrase can clarify our thinking about a phenomenon, help us see it as what it truly is.

A couple of the best such phrases to emerge in recent years are “virtue signalling” (except that we seem unable to agree on how to spell “signalling,” one “l” or two) and “narrative collapse.”

For readers who’ve just wakened from a Rip Van Winkle-style twenty-year sleep, virtue signalling is a species of what used to be called “cheap grace,” where you raise your moral standing in your peer groups by cost-free speech or actions. Narrative collapse is what happens at that point in the news cycle when the gentle black giant or winsome black teenager who suffered some misfortune at the hands of a white person turns out to be a low-life thug with a drug habit and a rap sheet.

Watching this week’s clip of the lady in Seattle going into high hysterics after being confronted by a black guy over some kind of trivial negative encounter, I’m thinking we need a phrase for this. It is, after all, looking to be a thing.

Clip: “Karen! You’re not going to sit there and flip me off …” etc, etc.

The business of Amy Cooper and her dog in New York City’s Central Park four weeks ago was very similar. That was the episode that introduced the general public to the tag “Karen,” indicating a white woman asserting her white privilege. So perhaps the phrase we’re seeking here is something like “Karen abuse” or “Karen shaming.”

These two incidents—that one in New York and this one in Seattle—are, I would guess, the tip of a very big iceberg. I can recall from private conversations across many decades, hearing stories from white women who have felt intimidated to the point of high nervousness, if not actually shrieking hysteria, by the behavior of black men in a one-on-one encounter.

In some of these episodes, as I’ve heard about them, the black guy is not at fault in any way. An office colleague, a young white female New Yorker of properly liberal sensibilities, once confessed to me that if she was alone in an elevator, and a large black guy got in, and the two of them rode a few floors together, she felt highly uncomfortable.

“What,” I asked her, “in a way you wouldn’t feel if it was a small Asian guy?” Yes, she admitted.

She was obviously wracked with guilt about what she had just confessed. Just as obviously, there is not necessarily any fault here on the part of the black guy.

You have to suspect, though, that blacks know about this; and that black men of a certain temperament have malicious fun with it. With the advent of the smartphone and the ability to make video recordings and post them, the temptation to stage a Karen-shaming incident must, to a certain personality type, be irresistible.

There is also the element of revenge. Black Americans are taught in our schools and colleges to be angry about slavery and Jim Crow. It’s not surprising that some blacks, as adults, are looking for revenge against Whitey. (What’s surprising is that most blacks aren’t.)

White kids, undergoing that same education, are taught that they share responsibility somehow for all that cruelty and oppression, so a corresponging proportion of them arrive in adult life loaded with racial guilt.

The guilt is mixed with fear, though. Most whites, by the time they arrive at adulthood, know the Great Unmentionable of social life in our country: that blacks are, in the statistical generality, a whole order of magnitude more violent and dangerous than other races.

And there, with smartphone in hand, you have the ingredients for a perfect Karen-shaming.

Locate a Karen; get alone with her; pick a quarrel, all the while maintaining a cool middle-class non-ghetto demeanor with just the merest slight seasoning of aggression; press the quarrel to the point where her personality disintegrates; force her to a virtue-signalling punch line if possible—the Seattle lady started yelling that she has a black husband, although whether she actually does or not, I haven’t been able to ascertain — then post the whole thing on social media. Hey, it’s fun!

With any luck, the Karen will be identified and fired from her job—that’s the real prize, the cherry on the revenge cookie. Even if she doesn’t get fired, though, you’ve Karen-shamed her: made her look like a hysterical nitwit — and, best of all, a racist!—to millions of viewers. How sweet it is!

 
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

The brave spirits of Seattle originally named their new country Chaz, for Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. Just as all that was in play, we learned that Chaz has renamed itself to Chop, the Capitol Hill Organized Protest. Why? I asked around.

Apparently the authorities in Chaz were immensely flattered to see themselves being compared to French Revolutionaries. Now, a thing everyone knows about the French Revolution—even, I guess, the drug-addled, low-IQ, miseducated rabble running Chaz—a thing everyone knows is that the revolutionaries chopped off the heads of the former ruling class, including the king and queen, with the guillotine.

“That’s what we’ll do!” the Seattle mob is telling us by renaming themselves Chop.[They’re already joking about guillotines in CHAZ/CHOP By Thomas Lifson, American Thinker, June 16, 2020 ]

But, since the teaching of history collapsed into anti-white sermonizing forty years ago, nobody much younger than sixty knows that a couple of years after that wonderful, laudable chopping-off of aristocratic and counter-revolutionary heads in France, the original radical revolutionaries themselves faced the blade. Danton got chopped; so did Robespierre; so did Desmoulins; so did Saint-Just; and so on.

And every other radical revolution has followed the same path. Russia? There is a mighty host of Old Bolsheviks lined up in the Afterlife to tell you all about it: Kamenev, Zinoviev, Bukharin, Trotsky, …

China? Look up Wang Shiwei, Liu Shaoqi, Peng Dehuai, and several million others. Mao didn’t do things by halves.

And if comparing the Seattle mob to French revolutionaries is in the air, I can’t resist laying on you once again the line—I know I’ve used it before—the line from Ramzpaul to the protestors outside the 2014 American Renaissance conference, quote:

Do you really imagine you’re sticking it to the Man? You are the Man!

https://youtu.be/q-eAKnVGGBI

For the Mighty—the big corporations, the prestigious colleges, the media, the Uniparty that has a stranglehold on our politics, our Woke judiciary that has an even tighter death-grip on our jurisprudence—for them, for the mighty in their seats of power, these riots and lootings and vandalism and silencings are all gravy.

And like trained puppies, the Mighty know what to do without being told. When the anti-white shakedowns started in earnest forty years ago, when white Americans still had a few vertebrae and a smidgen of testosterone, the shakers—Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Michelle Obama—had to put in a bit of effort to squeeze some blood from the Establishment stone.

They had to actually show up at the corporate headquarters, with a dozen or so mean-looking retainers alongside, and make veiled threats t o bring the company’s operations to a standstill if they didn’t pony up a million or two to Rev’m Al’s National Action Network, Rev’m Jesse’s Rainbow Push, or Michelle’s Public Allies.

Nice little hospital you have here. Be a shame if your workers marched off the job to protest discrimination …

No more of that! Now that the Mighty know which side of the who-whom game it’s the most profitable and the most trouble-free to be on, and which side wins the most media applause—think positive free advertising —and which side best preserves their power, status, and wealth; now that’s all clear, the shakedown artists don’t have to do anything.

The money flows in automatically, overnight, while Al, Jesse, Michelle, and whoever runs Black Lives Matter are all sleeping—or whatever it is these bloodsuckers do at night.

 
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

It is allegedly always darkest before the dawn.

Here’s some darkness: the symphony orchestra of Austin, Texas has fired their lead trombonist. This is a white lady named Brenda Sansig Salas, 51 years old and a U.S. Army veteran. Austin Symphony Trombonist Fired Over Racist Comments, The Violin Channel, June 1, 2020 She’d been posting comments on social media. The comment that precipitated her firing was apparently this one:

The BLACKS are looting and destroying their environment. They deserve what they get.

Symphony orchestra spokes-critter Anthony Corroa [Email him]announced the firing of Ms. Salas in the dreary schoolmarmish jargon of corporate wokeness: This language is not reflective of who we are as an organization.” And “there is no place for hate within our organization.”

So if you can work that trombone to orchestral standard, there’s a vacancy in Austin. And our Cultural Revolution rumbles on.

When it is over, the range of opinion allowed to be expressed by anyone employed in any kind of respectable job—or even, as the case of that soccer player illustrates, by the spouse of anyone so employed—will be even narrower than it was before the beatification of the Holy Blessed Martyr George Floyd, peace be upon him.[ LA Galaxy dumps soccer player after wife’s ‘racist and violent’ posts about George Floyd protesters By Nancy Dillon New York Daily News, June 05, 2020]

That, of course, is the point. The goal here is totalitarian thought control. Only one set of opinions will be permitted in the public sphere. Every opinion not approved by the Thought Police will be a species of hate.

It will not be who we are.

But now the dawn: I have an announcement to make.

I have a dream today, brothers and sisters. I have a dream.

My dream is of an America that has embraced race realism.

Yes, I have a dream that one day race differences in educational success will be as calmly, dispassionately accepted as race differences in athletic success; that race differences in criminal arrest and incarceration rates will be regarded with no more anger or alarm than sex differences in those same rates; that different social outcomes by race will be understood as caused not by the malice of our fellow citizens, but by ordinary processes of nature.

I have a dream that one day we shall discard magical thinking about race; that the notion of an invisible vapor or miasma called “racism” permeating the atmosphere and intoxicating our minds will seem as quaintly absurd as the Four Humors Theory of ancient medicine or the Luminiferous Æther of 19th-century physics.

I have a dream that one day, poor white children will not have to endure being lectured about their “privilege” by rich black adults.

I have a dream that one day soon, after sixty years of futile efforts to change what cannot, in the nature of things, be changed, sixty years of twisting our constitution and our jurisprudence into knots to pretend that different statistics by race can only be caused by white people’ s ill will, sixty years of vast public expenditures on educational and social programs that deliver no benefits at all (other than to those who pocket the expenditures); that one day soon, after sixty years of futility and waste, we shall accept race differences as calmly and as prudently as we accept the laws of thermodynamics.

I have a dream that with the black homicide rate at eight times the white rate, and with discrepancies of a similar size having existed since reliable records began a hundred and eighty years ago, an organization calling itself Black Lives Matter will address itself to bringing black homicide numbers down to the white level—better yet, to the Asian level—or else be laughed out of the public square.

I have a dream that race differences in outcomes, which are mere statistical abstractions remote from our everyday dealings, will one day matter as little to us as personal differences in outcomes. I shall never be a skilled violinist, a good tennis player, or a creative mathematician; not because of malice, “racism,” or “privilege” on the part of my fellow citizens, but because of my own abilities and inclinations—which, like almost everyone else’s, are middling and un-spectacular. I do not lose sleep over this. I absolutely do not take it as an occasion to insult and berate my fellow-citizens, or deprive them of their rights.

 
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Earlier: Police Racism: A Manufactured Crisis, by Jared Taylor

When I first came to these shores in August of 1973, I lived down on New York’s Lower East Side, with some Chinese friends from Hong Kong. They were fairly recent immigrants themselves, and keen to show me the sights.

One evening they took me to Macy’s in Herald Square. I’d been in department stores before, of course; but I had to admit, Macy’s was pretty darn impressive. I can still recall riding up those escalators.

Monday this week a mob of looters broke in to Macy’s [Nightmare on 34th St.: Videos capture scene as rioters kick their way inside Macy’s flagship store in Midtown, by Catherina Gioino and Larry McShane, NY Daily New, June 2, 2020]. The store had boarded up its windows two days before; and the break-in happened at night, when there was supposed to be a curfew in place.

And they looted Macy’s.

Which was a further metastasizing of the disturbances I reported last week, over a black guy dying in Minneapolis while under arrest.

Yes: This is yet another Emmett Till! These things are happening faster than I can keep up. The last one—that black guy out jogging with his tuxedo on, remember that?—was only four weeks ago. Now here’s another.

This one concerns George Floyd, a black man who died while under arrest in Minneapolis a week ago this past Monday. Floyd had tried to pass a counterfeit bill at a convenience store. Store employees called the cops, who struggled with Floyd both before and after handcuffing him. He seems to have put up a lot of resistance. Floyd was a very large heavy guy, either 6’6″ or 6’7″, depending which report you read.

The fracas ended with one cop, Derek Chauvin, kneeling over the perp with a knee on his neck. It’s not clear how much weight was on the knee, or the degree—if any—to which this style of restraint led to Floyd’s death. He had high levels of illegal drugs in his system, as well as being seriously unhealthy The convenience store employees he’d interacted with thought he was drunk. [Autopsy report: George Floyd died from cardiopulmonary arrest, was positive for COVID-19 , by Charlie Wiese, KTSP, June 3, 2020 ]

It’s also not clear to me how unorthodox this knee-on-the-neck style o f restraint is. Our own correspondent who posts as “Federale” here at VDARE.com, and who is a law-enforcement professional, says it’s pretty routine:

Kneeling on the head or neck is quite common and useful physical control technique. It is also used daily in hundreds of arrests.

Federale supplies a supporting video from an arrest in New York City; and at least one law-enforcement website has said that Officer Chauvin was “compliant with existing policy.” [Neck Hold Used By Minneapolis Officer Was Approved By Department Policy, LawOfficer.com, May 29, 2020]

On the famous video clip, Officer Chauvin plainly knows he’s being filmed; yet he doesn’t have the look of someone aware that he’s doing anything wrong.

It’s difficult for a lay person to know how to judge this. One of the great truths about human nature is that power corrupts. For a police force to be effective at all, the cops have to have power over civilians; so it’s not a surprise that some cops get corrupted.

Looking back over my own interactions with the guys in blue, across several decades and many jurisdictions in half a dozen countries, what surprises me is how few cops go bad. In a broad and general way, I’m pro-cop.

This past few days we’ve been hearing calls to defund the police [Movement to defund police gains ‘unprecedented’ support across US, by Sam Levin, Guardian, June 2, 2020]. The people calling the loudest are of course rich celebrity types living in gated communities, but there seems to be some broader support too.

Speaking as the inhabitant of a quiet middle-middle-class white suburb, I’m not totally unsympathetic. If there was no organized police force, myself and my neighbors, many of us armed, could keep order among ourselves with no trouble. Community self-sufficiency is a fine old American ideal.

The problems would arise, of course, when underclass black s from some nearby ghetto came in to steal our stuff and rape our women. We’d end up shooting a couple, and then we’d quickly be where Officer Chauvin and his colleagues are now, where the three guys in Brunswick, Georgia are, looking at four hundred years porridge on federal “civil rights” and “hate crime” charges.

 
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Not the riots

I put these monthly diaries together from things I’ve jotted down as they occurred to me through the month, in approximate chronological order.

At the time this diary goes up on VDARE.com at the beginning of June, all the news is about the anti-cop and anti-white riots. Those riots didn’t start up until the last few days of May, though. The few things I had to say about them in May, I put into my May 29th podcast. I shall have more to say on the topic in my June podcasts and diary.

So this May diary is riot-free. It’s not about the riots. This is either (a) a serious dereliction of commentarial duty on my part, or (b) a welcome relief to readers from all the riot coverage. You be the judge.

The Geezer Election

It is now well-nigh certain that in November we shall elect a President aged either 74½ or almost-78. There’s been surprisingly little comment about this.

My opinion? I think it’s awful. Speaking from my mid-seventies, I don’t want anyone my age running the country.

Charles Murray (age 77) agrees. On Twitter, he writes:

The Presidency … done right is too demanding for people over 70. They’re too far past the peak, intellectually and in terms of energy. Some can still do a good job. But not as good as they could have done at 50 or 60.

Murray lets loose his inner quant:

It’s not just cognitive decline, although that is surely in play with Joe Biden. At our age you just don’t care so much about the public world and its follies. Why should you? You’ll soon be out of it.

Oh sure, you may get another twenty years or so; but twenty years isn’t what it once was. You think of something that happened twenty years ago, and: “Was that really twenty years ago? Seems like just yesterday …”

And yes, you care about your kids, and the world they’ll live in. That’s an essentially private sort of caring, though. To hold it steady in the context of large national affairs demands a level of mental abstraction no normal person can keep up for very long.

Furthermore, as the actor Quentin Crisp observed: “At the end of the run, you can overact outrageously.”

In our nation of a third of a billion, isn’t there some experienced, sensible, politically-savvy, fifty- or sixty-something executive one of our two big parties could have chosen as a Presidential candidate? No? Really? This is very strange. Isn’t it?

(Perhaps I should have omitted that Quentin Crisp quote. You never know who’s reading.)

How are things in Glocca Morra?

A friend, native to Southeast Europe, recently moved to Ireland. He sent me a lengthy report on the place. Some extracts:

The Irish are predominantly kind and friendly people. Except for the horrendous underclass that one meets on the streets of Dublin, I can say that almost all of my interactions with the native population were positive. Having worked a stressful job back home, this whole thing feels like an extended holiday—and a large part of it is the calm temperament of the Irish people …

On the other hand, this is the most pozzed country in the world. If Ireland ever was a Catholic country with a rebellious attitude, that part of it is dead. Installation of the new religion has been completed here—diversity, multiculturalism, equality, feminism, those are the new gods …

The largest event in Dublin is the Gay Pride Parade … Abortion is practically celebrated as a new sacrament. They are obsessed with talking about it …

We have a health section on the internal web of the company I work for. Hoping that I’ll find some useful info regarding additional health insurance there, I discovered that most articles are about fighting depression, sitting comfortably in your computer chair, raising a child in a same-sex marriage and dealing with gender reassignment surgery …

The term “wife” is slowly being replaced by “partner.” Women are far less charming and far more bossy around here. I ran my mouth after a couple of beers at a company Christmas party and found that men here are completely neutered: they find my Balkan jokes demeaning to women and my remark that “chicks backpacking through dangerous parts of the world is just stupid” was deemed to be hypocrisy and double standards …

In the civil service department where I spend most of my days there’s a canteen with a telescreen. I am not joking—the largest television I have ever seen, displaying how diverse and inclusive this company is, with all the smiling faces of gays, blacks and overweight women loudly bragging about how supernaturally wonderful it is to work there. The volume never goes down …

I’ve been taking an evening course in event management in my free time, something that I had both interest and some work experience in for a while. I’m a guy in my mid-30s hanging around 19-25-year-olds, and I expected us to sip pints and talk nonsense after the class and then I’ll leave them to get wasted because I have to work in the morning.

How wrong I was. There is really something different about these youngsters today.

The teacher is a fat feminist and about 50 percent of the lessons are about the importance of diversity, inclusion and equality. Only I seem to notice that there’s something odd in such a massive adoration of political slogans.

Constant warnings about using plastic cups for water coolers and on events we will be organizing in the future. Constant warnings about climate change and polluting the oceans, and how we are damaging the developing countries with all our waste and we owe them help because of that …

I believe that the reason why Ireland has gone so far down the road of insane leftism is because they are provincials of the US Global Empire. As an English-speaking country, the fact that Ireland was a rustic Catholic country for so long is a symbol of shame. The Irish are distant inhabitants of outer provinces of USGE and they must prove their loyalty to the progressive ideology far more than some other country where the process was started earlier …

In that regard, Ireland seems to share the same sickness with Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Their elites are glowing with joy whenever they receive some kind of recognition from the more central and higher-status organs of Polygon Progressivism. They don’t want to be backward peasants and hacks, they want to be proud provincials. The greatest reward for them is having the New York Times writing an article on how well their ideological struggle has gone, about equal to getting a blessing from the Pope himself in the Middle Ages. This country is doomed.

As a side note, I visited England twice while being here … If England is dead, there’s still some flesh on that carcass. There is a special kindness, spirit and humor to your people, and I must say I found them generally a better company than the Irish.

 
• Category: History, Ideology • Tags: 2020 Election, American Media, Donald Trump 
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

America’s most enduring problem, the problem of the blacks, has been dominating the news this week.

The attitude I bring to these news stories is one of weary despair. They are reported and discussed publicly in language that bears very little relation to reality, so that most of what is said and written is worthless. To speak honestly about race is in fact taboo, and genuinely shocking, for most Americans.

Here’s an example. Back in 2016 a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina was shot dead by a cop, also black. There were protests, riots, vandalism, and looting. A Republican local congressman, Robert Pittenger, said the following thing:

The grievance in their minds—the animus, the anger—they hate white people, because white people are successful and they’re not.

Congressman: Charlotte protesters ‘hate white people because white people are successful’, by Peter Holley, Washington Post, September 23, 2016

Nailed it, Congressman. But of course, Pittenger was denounced by all the Great and the Good, and to save his career, issued a groveling retraction.

I’ve been living in America since the second Nixon administration, with some intermissions. For many years I assumed that this clinging to unreality could not be stable; that truth and honesty would eventually prevail; that we’d learn to speak to each other openly and frankly, citizen to citizen.

To my dismay and despair, the opposite has happened. As the years pass, we drift further and further from reality and truth, deeper and deeper into fantasy and denial. It’s very depressing; like being in a plane that’s lost all power and is just going down, down, down.

I love this country; I have two kids who will live out their lives here. Yet it’s hard to see any hope for America when the landscape of social commentary is smothered in shallow lies and infantile delusions.

  • First episode: Panic In the Park

A young professional white woman took her dog to New York’s Central Park. In a secluded area called the Ramble, much favored by birdwatchers, she let her dog off the leash, which she shouldn’t have—there are posted signs against it.

A large black man, a birdwatcher, took objection to her breaking the rules. She took objection to his having taken objection. He responded with the words: “Look, if you’re going to do what you want, I’m going to do what I want, but you’re not going to like it.”

Scared, she called the police on her cellphone, telling them a black man was threatening her…except that she didn’t say “black,” she used the cant descriptor “African American.” She seems to be a standard-issue New York City Goodwhite [Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper: A Confrontation in the Park, New York Times, May 28, 2020].

The black man had departed without further incident by the time the cops arrived, and they took no action. He had filmed the encounter, though, and the video was posted on social media. The white woman was fired from her job and the dog was confiscated. She is now probably unemployable.

You get the impression from the video that the woman is somewhat highly-strung, the man somewhat obnoxious. Neither thing is a firing offense, though.

To the main point, she was quite right to be scared. A small white woman, alone in a secluded place with a large black male stranger using threatening words: of course she was scared.

Black men commit sexual assault and rape against white women with such frequency that the federal government ceased publishing the numbers some years ago, when the slide into denial accelerated under the Obama administration.

I am told that the Bureau of Justice Statistics still collects those numbers, but dare not publish them. Still, even with the Main Stream Media trying their best to hide the facts, it’s hard not to be aware of them—especially in a big city with lots of blacks and single young white women.

So this young professional woman was justifiably scared. But because it was a black man that caused her to be scared—deliberately, you can’t help thinking, based on those words he spoke—the young woman’s life has been wrecked.

Like Congressman Pittenger, she has done a full grovel, whining that she is not a racist. Of course it hasn’t helped her. Her fellow Goodwhites have expelled her from the charmed circle of right-thinking citizens. She dwells in outer darkness, and will forever.

This is how white Americans live now: in fear. Land of the Free!

  • Second episode: Mayhem In Minneapolis

And then there were—and as of Friday night, still are—the black riots over a suspect fatally manhandled by cops in Minneapolis.

 
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Every once in a while—quite a long while; I need to be in a certain mood—I go to the Southern Poverty Law Center website and read their entry on me.

This is not from vanity, although I’ll admit to being a little flattered at having been noticed by the anti-white witch-hunters of Montgomery. No; it’s more to remind myself of the depth of denial and delusion that prevails among Goodwhites.

The task they set for whichever SPLC lower-echelon flunky got assigned to composing my page was to find the most damning possible quote from my writing: something so snarlingly, frothingly hate-filled, so preposterously, inconceivably unreasonable as to put me for ever beyond the bounds of civilized discourse. So what did they come up with?

I’ll quote you the relevant paragraph from the SPLC web page.

Quote:

“A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us,” Derbyshire wrote. “They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.”

Prominent White Nationalists Fired from National Review August 16, 2012

The first thing to note is that they have edited my words so that the second of those two sentences makes no sense. In what I actually wrote, there is a sentence in between those two that the SPLC-bot omitted, whether from lazy incompetence or from malice, I don’t know. There is plenty of both at the SPLC website.

Here is what I actually wrote, with the omitted sentence included. Quote:

A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. A much larger cohort of blacks—around half—will go along passively if the five percent take leadership in some event. They will do this out of racial solidarity, the natural willingness of most human beings to be led, and a vague feeling that whites have it coming.

So that pronoun “they” starting off the third sentence refers not to the five percent, as the SPLC mis-quote implies, but to the fifty percent identified in my second sentence—the sentence they left out.

That’s by the by. My main point here, and the reason I get satisfaction from re-reading my words, even in the mangled form presented on the SPLC page, is the perfectly obvious truth of what I expressed in that first sentence. Re-quote:

A small cohort of blacks—in my experience, around five percent—is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us.[Links in my original 2012 column.]

Is there really anyone who does not know this? Really? Are there really such dark depths of Goodwhite denial?

You might, of course, argue with my estimate of five percent. When that column was first published I got a great many emails from people who did so argue. “Five percent?” they scoffed. “You kidding, Derb?” Then the emailer would proceed to offer his estimate, which was always higher, often much higher, than five percent.

(And to be perfectly truthful I dialed down my estimate to five percent from somewhat higher in hopes of making allowance for my implicit bias. I was trying hard to be nice. See where it gets you!)

All that came to mind yesterday when I saw that video clip of a black orderly beating up a frail old man in a Michigan care facility. The clip is available below, for now, though Twitter and the other social media censors—BitChute so far an honorable exception—are deleting it as fast as they can.

https://twitter.com/mknrdt/status/1263357611950342145

Tucker Carlson reported on it here:

If you watch it all the way through, and still tell me that the thing I’m quoted as saying in the SPLC web page on me is untrue; well, then, you are a very good person indeed, a paragon of race denial.

 
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[Excerpted from the latest Radio Derb, now available exclusively through VDARE.com]

See also: GOP Plans To Scapegoat China. But That Must Include ENDING CHINESE IMMIGRATION!

One thing that, it seems to me, is much more apparent than it was three months ago: we are living in a bipolar world, or soon shall be.

I know a bipolar world when I see one. I spent my first 45 years in one: the world of the Cold War, dominated by the USA and the USSR.

That bipolar world ended twenty-nine years ago. For a while thereafter the USA stood supreme, economically and militarily.

We still do, actually, on indices like per capita GDP and forces deployed overseas. Communist China’s been coming up fast, though. It’s plain they are aiming for parity with us, regional—I mean, in Asia—if not global. Perhaps they are aiming for global dominance.

Whether they are or not, we are heading into a bipolar world once again. People are waking up fast to this. The coronavirus pandemic has us thinking and talking about China in a way that we weren’t before, not in the public realm at any rate. Some sour-faced skeptics and grouches on the commentarial fringes, like your acerbically genial Radio Derb host, were talking that way; now it’s well-nigh universal.

As I write this, China’s national legislature, the National People’s Congress, has just completed the first day of its 2020 annual session. Here are a couple of headliners from this first day:

  1. For the first time in thirty years, there will be no announced target for GDP growth this year—that’s Gross Domestic Product, a key economic indicator.
  2. There will be revisions to the Basic Law that defines the status of Hong Kong. The point of the revisions will be to “safeguard national security in Hong Kong.” [NPC: China’s congress will be about Hong Kong, the virus and the economy, BBC, May 24, 2020]

What does any of this mean. And why should Americans care?

To take the first part of that question first: What it means is that these are some of the decisions worked out by the ChiCom Party bosses in secret meetings these past weeks.

I italicized the words “some of” in that last sentence to emphasize that these are decisions the Party bosses want to make public. For sure there are many more they don’t want made public.

The NPC is not really a legislature in any dictionary sense. It’s Totalitarian Theater. There is very occasionally—two or three times per decade—some muffled resistance to edicts from the Politburo; but even those have had a staged quality about them, and were probably just a theatrical way of settling some minor power struggle at the top.

Still, the NPC is not without value for outside observers. The things that are announced, like the two items I have noted, give clues as to what the Party bosses are thinking. Carefully scrutinized and sensibly interpreted, they can give us the lie of the land.

  • China’s economic pincer.

From my first point about the NPC announcements—about there being no GDP growth target this year–we can deduce that the ChiComs are seriously worried about China’s economy.

Like our economy and everyone else’s, China’s economy has taken a big hit from the pandemic and the measures taken to slow or contain it. There have been huge employment losses in both manufacturing and services, in a nation with much less of a social safety net than ours [A slump exposes holes in China’s welfare state, Economist, May 7 2020].

The thought of a couple hundred million hungry, angry, unemployed workers gives ChiCom bosses the heebie-jeebies.

And this couldn’t be happening at a worse time for China’s economy, which is looking at a pincer trap. I’ll describe the two arms of the pincer in turn as 1) the Past Arm and 2) the Future Arm.

The past thirty years have been a sensational boom time for China, with living standards rising faster, I think, than anywhere else, ever, in modern history. By the end of the 2010s, though, the low-hanging fruit had all been picked, and the rate of improvement was slowing.

That is one arm of the economic pincer—call it the Past Arm.

And now there is widespread anger and suspicion towards China among its former trading partners—the countries that, by opening their markets and exporting their factories, made the Chinese economic miracle possible. The developed countries of North America, Western Europe, and Australasia are waking to the fact that we have sold the Chinese Communist Party a whole lot of rope with a gift card attached saying “Please Hang Us.” They are backing off from China.

There is even talk of boycotts. In a poll done mid-May, forty percent of Americans said they won’t buy products made in China. [Americans Are Giving Made-in-China the Cold Shoulder, by Brendan Murray, Bloomberg, May 17, 2020 ]

It’s the same all over. Some headline-writer at the London Daily Mail has taken up Radio Derb’s Godfather theme:

 
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John Derbyshire writes an incredible amount on all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him. He is the author of We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other books. His most recent book, published by VDARE.com com is FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle).His writings are archived at JohnDerbyshire.com.